Preseason week 3, the closest hint fans get to real football action. This week, the Chicago Bears come to Cincinnati for a Saturday night game. I pop in the old NES Super Tecmo Bowl game and let the simulation begin.
The Bears start with the ball and have very little trouble moving down the field. The Bengals defense forces a fumble in the red zone and Adam Jones recovers.
Cincinnati struggles to move the ball and is forced to punt from their own goal line.
Eddie Royal proves to be tough to cover and picks up a big chink of yards. A.J. Hawk decides enough is enough and brings Jay Cutler down for a sack.
At the end of the first there is still no score.
The Bears settle for a field goal try to open the 2nd quarter. The kick is good.
Andy Dalton is struggling. Poorly thrown balls and then an interception end the Bengals opportunity to answer.
The Bears do not waste their chance as Matt Forte scorches the Bengals defense for a touchdown.
In a last attempt to get on the board, the Bengals passing game continues to struggle.
At the half the Bears lead the Bengals 10 - 0.
To open the second half the Bengals get back to basics. Jeremy Hill does damage on the ground and Ryan Hewitt finishes the drive with a touchdown catch.
However, the Bears won't go away. A tiny struggle turns into an opportunity for the Bears through the air and Alshon Jeffery finishes the drive with a touchdown catch.
The Bengals attempt to answer and Tyler Eifert breaks free down the sidelines for a big gain.
At the end of the third, the Bengals are still losing 17-7.
Under pressure, Andy Dalton finds Mohamed Sanu and he trots in for a touchdown to start the final quarter.
The Bengals defense however has no answer for the Bears offense and allow them to score another touchdown.
Fittingly, the Bengals end their day with another interception.
The Bengals drop the third pre-season game of the season 24 - 14.